You can go with the speed and convenience of a taxi and at bus’ cost, on an empty seat of a car with a similar route.
What does a passenger do? (in four steps):
- · Say where you want to go.
- · We tell you which car is coming.
- · You agree to share it.
- · It takes you there.
1. Indicate where you want to go.
When you are about to travel, getting out with your smartphone is all you need.
Rather than staying at your doorstep, we suggest that you approach to any bus stop, or where you could hail a taxi cab (walk to the busiest street in the neighbourhood).
Just request the ride pointing out in the app the place where you want to go. (If your phone doesn’t have a GPS, you will also have to say where you are)
2. The app tells you when a suitable car is coming.
We supervise the trips of the cars within the platform, we find route coincidences with their drivers in real time, and we warn you through the app of the arrival of a suitable car.
It tells you the make and model of the car, and the name and the reputation level of the driver (depending on how many passengers has transported before, the punctuations received from them, and not having received complaints.
3. You agree to share it.
You can accept the first car proposed (better before than it passes), or reject it and wait for the next.
For you to have to wait as little as possible, we suggest you not beeing too demanding and to put in your app a tolerance of delivery (the distance that you would be willing to walk from where a car can leave you, up to your true destination). This way, you can be picked up by almost any car that goes in your way (and you don’t have to wait for a car that passes exactly through the site where you want to go)
4. The car takes you there.
The car picks you up in the place where you made the request and takes you where you want to go; or to a convenient point of delivery, within the tolerance you indicated (in this case, if your phone has a GPS, it can guide you to your true destination).
At leaving the car, the app tells you your corresponding part of the travel expenses, based on the length of the travel and the number of people with whom you have shared it. An automatic pay through your favourite payment method is made.
Drivers also collaborate.
Drivers admit to deviate somewhat from its direct route, to pick up and deliver passengers; since filling up the car seats with passengers divides the travel’s expenses among more people (all of you travel cheaper) and drivers can recover most of the travel costs, which they have paid in full and in advance.
The driver never earns money, because he is nothing but one more person to share expenses.
Other advantages of going as passenger.
Many people, who use every day various means of public transport, will save lots of time and will gain in comfort as they share car trips. Also, some people that now go by their own car, will leave it at home and will prefer to go as passengers in somebody else’s car, in order to avoid having to search for parking at destination, not being concerned or stressed by driving, or leverage the trip time by reading or talking with other travellers.
You don’t need to carry money, nor card, nor provide your information to others.
The system calculates a fair apportionment of the travel’s cost, dividing each segment’s cost between the number of persons going in the car. At the end of the trip, each passenger is automatically charged its part, using the payment means selected on the registration process, to later reimburse the sum of them to the driver.
How much is the trip?
The average price will be several times cheaper than going in your own car, and similar to the public transport ticket:
The exact amount of each trip depends on its length and on how many persons were carried by the car. In the worst case, the car expenses are divided at least among two travellers (the driver and one passenger), and each one pays one half. From there on, the more people carries the car, the cheaper it will be, because there is a fixed cost per mile travelled, which is divided among the number of travellers. In practice, it is common to achieve savings of 75% (far greater than the small fee charged for the trip coordination service). Here you can check the amount per mile, the service fee and an example of how the cost of a trip is shared.
What if there isn’t any shared car that can carry me?
It is unlikely to occur when commuting to work, in view of the large number of cars circulating in rush hour, with free seats in the vast majority of them.
However, if we can’t find for you a car to share a ride (might happen in some less frequented hours or routes) we offer you some alternative solutions:
- If when we analyze the trip you requested , we discover that there are few chances to find a single car that runs your route completely, we could suggest you to split the trip into two legs, proposing a well communicated exchange point which is common to two routes frequented by shared cars, and to use two of them to do your trip.
If you are familiar enough with your city, you can directly indicate on your shared car request some of these exchange points, as alternative destinations.
- Or we can also show you the options available to go by public transport, and guide you toward one of your choice.
- Or we can also order a taxi for you.